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Henry Rodemeyer of Manhattan, New York City, USA, is granted Patent No. US699978A for his invention of an improved 'sounder' for stringed musical instruments.
Calypso-style pianist Lionel Belasco records Junk Man Rag, Bajan Girl, Buddy Abraham, Little Brown Boy and other tracks, for Victor Records in Camden, New Jersey, USA, for their West Indian (Trinidad) marketing genre.
Aldwyn Roberts is born in Arima, Trinidad. He will find international fame as calypso singer and songwriter Lord Kitchener best remembered for his popular song Cricket, Lovely, Cricket.
Harold George is born in Harlem, New York City, USA. He will find fame as Harry Belafonte, hugely popular US singer/actor, and occasional employer of Bob Dylan's talents as a harmonica player.
Harold George is born in Harlem, New York City. He will find fame as Harry Belafonte, hugely popular US singer/actor, and occasional employer of Bob Dylan's talents as a harmonica player.
A fire destroys the Treasury building, the Post Office Savings Bank and a bonded warehouse in Port Of Spain, Trinidad. A river of fire caused by 365,000 gallons of rum floods into the streets and runs into the harbour. The event will provide the inspiration for the calypso songs The Treasury Fire by Lionel Belasco and Fire, Fire In Port Of Spain by The Caresser.
Louis Eugene Walcott is born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA. He will begin his career as a calypso vocalist under the name of The Charmer, but will go on to become Louis Farrakhan, leader of The Nation Of Islam movement.
Slinger Francisco is born in Grenada, Lesser Antilles, in the Caribbean. He will find fame as calypso singer The Mighty Sparrow.
Clarence Profit's Trio and The Calypso Recorders are playing at The Village Vanguard, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
Clarence Profit's Trio and The Calypso Recorders are playing at The Village Vanguard, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
The case of 'Khan vs. Feist' - a copyright dispute about the ownership of the massive hit song Rum And Coca Cola, begins in the District Court, New York City, USA. The song had been written by calypso star Lord Invader, but was copyrighted by comedian Morey Amsterdam who had heard it while working in Trinidad.
Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Harry Belafonte, Stan Getz, Lennie Tristano and Oran 'Hot Lips' Page play as part of the All-American Jazz Festival on the opening night of Birdland jazz club, on Broadway and 52nd Street, New York City, USA.
All parties in two copyright cases about ownership of the massively successful Lord Invader song Rum And Coca Cola sign legal papers indicating that a settlement has been reached. The song had been falsely copyrighted by comedian Morey Amsterdam who heard it while working in Trinidad some years earlier. The precise amount awarded to Lord Invader has never been revealed but figures published at the time suggested $150,000.
The Guardian newspaper reports that, "Hell
Lord Beginner And The Calypso Rhythm Kings record Trinidad Blues, Joe Louis Calypso, Straight Hair Girl and Boul've'se' for Melodisc Records in London, UK.
The Trinidad All Steel Percussion Orchestra (TASPO) sails on the SS San Mateo from Trinidad, Caribbean, headed for England. Later in the month, they will perform at The South Bank Exhibition, London, UK. This is considered to have been the first exposure of white Britons to steel band music in a live context. By the end of the year, steel band music will have become hugely popular in the UK.
Blind Blake And His Royal Victoria Hotel Calypsos release a new 2-EP 45rpm set, A Second Album Of Bahamian Songs, on Art Records in the USA.
Billboard magazine reviews Shenandoah / Scarlet Ribbons, the new single by Harry Belafonte, stating, "Exposure could make a star out of this new young recording artist. His performance on both of these tunes leaves little to be desired. Deejays should definitely give a listen."
Harry Belafonte, Janet Brace and The Jim Stutz Trio are playing at The Black Orchid, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
In London, UK, Trinidadian singer Young Tiger records a calypso-style song entitled I Was There (at the Coronation). The lyrics are based on advance information he has been given about the upcoming Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. In this way, he is able to appear on British television singing the song on the very day of the Coronation, and to release the song as a single the following day.
In London, UK, Trinidadian singer Young Tiger records a calypso-style song entitled I Was There (at the Coronation). The lyrics are based on advance information he has been given about the upcoming Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. In this way, he is able to appear on British television singing the song on the very day of the Coronation, and to release the song as a single the following day.
Calypso singing sensation Harry Belafonte appears on the cover of Ebony magazine with Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis, who star in his latest film. This moment is notable as the first time white and black Americans have been featured together on a magazine cover in the USA.
The stage show John Murray Anderson's Almanac - A Musical Harlequinade, starring Harry Belafonte, with songs by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, plays at The Imperial Theatre on Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 229 performances.
Harry Belafonte records Kalenda Rock [Mourning Song] in RCA Victor's Manhattan Center, New York City, USA. Pianist on the session is Ray Charles.
Harry Belafonte records The Drummer And The Cook, The Fox, Delia and Soldier, Soldier in RCA Victor's Manhattan Center, New York City, USA.
Harry Belafonte records The Banana Boat Song for RCA Records in Webster Hall, New York City, USA. Although widely regarded as the song that launched the calypso craze, it is in fact in the Jamaican mento style.
US calypso singer Harry Belafonte signs a new recording contract for $1m.
Cy Grant sings a calypso based on current news events during his appearance on the BBC-tv current affairs magazine show Tonight in London, England, UK, Europe.
The Top 5 singles in the UK, according to today's edition of the New Musical Express [NME] newspaper are as follows : 1. Mary's Boy Child by Harry Belafonte [RCA] 2. Wake Up Little Suzie by The Everly Brothers [London] 3. My Special Angel by Malcolm Vaughan [HMV] 4. Ma, He's Making Eyes at Me by The Johnny Otis Show/Marle Adams [Capitol] 5. Great Balls of Fire by Jerry Lee Lewis [London]
In Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, Harry Belafonte has the last of four recording sessions during which he records tracks for his blues-influenced album Belafonte Sings The Blues.
Lord Myrie [guitar and vocals], Cecil Mitchell? [banjo] and James Convery [marimba box], record the album Calypso Jamaica in Kingston, Jamaica, for Cook-Microfusion Records.
Harry Belafonte plays during a week of shows at Araneta Coliseum, The Philippines, Asia.
Satirical Greenwich Village, New York City, USA, calypso singer Lord Buckley dies from a stroke aggravated by malnutrition and kidney problems.
Bill Bailey's Calypso Band, The Cha Cha Calypso Band and The Druids Jazz Band play at Liverpool Jazz Society in The Iron Door Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
The Noel Walker Stompers, The Buddy Halpman Jazzmen, Dave Lind's Jazzmen, The Panama Jazz Band, Bill Bailey's Calypso Band and The Druids Jazzband play in the All-Night Jazz Ball at Liverpool Jazz Society in The Iron Door Club, Liverpool, UK.
Cy Grant performs a topical calypso on BBC current affairs tv show Tonight, in London, England, UK, Europe.
Pearl Carr and Teddy Johnson, Cyril Fletcher, Cy Grant, Bernard Spear, Rosemary Brett Davies and Marie Cooper, Reg Thompson, The Terry Sisters and the BBC Revue Orchestra perform live on the BBC Light Programme Radio show Midday Music Hall in London, England, UK, Europe.
Harry Belafonte records Midnight Special in Webster Hall, New York City, USA, for RCA Records. Harmonica on this session is by upcoming Greenwich Village folkie Bob Dylan.
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The annual National Association of Record Merchandisers convention begins at The Eden Roc Hotel, Miami, Florida, USA.
As part of the Forest Hills Music Festival, Harry Belafonte and Miriam Makeba play the last of three nights at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, New York City, USA.
Harry Belafonte appears in the Silver Anniversary Edition of popular tv show The Bell Telephone Hour in the USA.
Harry Belafonte opens at The Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, California, USA, for four weeks.
Harry Belafonte plays at The Ravinia Festival Highland Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Songwriter, composer, arranger, pianist, and orchestra leader David Rose dies aged 80, of a heart attack in Burbank, California, USA. His most famous compositions were The Stripper, Holiday For Strings and Calypso Melody. Using the pseudonym Ray Llewellyn, he also wrote music for numerous television series, including It's A Great Life, The Tony Martin Show, Little House on the Prairie, Highway To Heaven, Bonanza, and Highway Patrol.
Calypso singer and songwriter Lord Kitchener, best-remembered for his popular song Cricket, Lovely, Cricket, dies aged 77 inrnChamps Fleur, Trinidad.
The Notting Hill Carnival sets West London, England, UK, alight with the very best in West Indian music, dance, food and culture, drawing in a crowd of 750,000 people.
Legendary Jamaican guitarist Ernest Ranglin, plays at The Basement, Circular Quay, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Calypso star The Mighty Duke dies of myelofibrosis in Saint Clair, Trinidad and Tobago.
The 57th Grammy Awards event is held at The Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, USA. Sam Smith is the big winner on the night, collecting trophies for Best New Artist, Song of the Year (Stay with Me), Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album, ahead of Miley Cyrus, Coldplay, Ariana Grande, Katy Perry and Ed Sheeran. The full list of 57th Annual Grammy Awards Winners is as follows : Record of the Year: Stay with Me, Sam Smith Album of the Year: Morning Phase, Beck Song of the Year: Stay With Me (Darkchild Version), Sam Smith, James Napier, William Phillips, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty Best Country Album: Miranda Lambert, Platinum Best R'n'B Performance: Drunk in Love, Beyonce featuring Jay Z Best Rock Album: Beck, Morning Phase Best Pop Vocal Album: Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour Best Pop Solo Performance: Happy, Pharrell Williams Best New Artist: Sam Smith Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Max Martin for Bang Bang, Break Free, Dark Horse, Problem, Shake It Off, Unconditionally Best Folk Album: Old Crow Medicine Show, Remedy Best Americana Album: Rosanne Cash, The River and the Thread Best American Roots Song: A Feather's Not a Bird, Rosanne Cash And John Leventhal Best American Roots Performance: A Feather's Not a Bird, Rosanne Cash Best R'n'B Album: Toni Braxton And Babyface, Love Marriage Divorce Best Urban Contemporary Album: Pharrell Williams, G I R L Best R'n'B Song: Drunk in Love, Shawn Carter, Rasool Diaz, Noel Fisher, Jerome Harmon, Beyonce Knowles, Timothy Mosely, Andre Eric Proctor And Brian Soko, songwriters (Beyonce feat. Jay Z) Best Traditional R'n'B Performance: Jesus Children, Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Malcolm Jamal Warner And Lalah Hathaway Best Rap Album: Eminem, Marshall Mathers LP2 Best Rap Song: I, K. Duckworth And C. Smith, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar) Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: The Monster, Eminem feat. Rihanna Best Rap Performance: I, Kendrick Lamar Best Comedy Album: Weird Al Yankovic, Mandatory Fun Best Spoken Word Album: Joan Rivers, Diary of a Mad Diva Best Blues Album: Johnny Winter, Step Back Best Alternative Music Album: St. Vincent, St. Vincent Best Rock Song: Ain't It Fun, Hayley Williams and Taylor York Best Metal Performance: Last in Line, Tenacious D Best Rock Performance: Lazaretto, Jack White Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer, Bass and Mandolin Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Cheek to Cheek Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Say Something, Great Big World And Christina Aguilera Best Bluegrass Album: The Earls of Leicester, The Earls of Leicester Best Country Song: I'm Not Going to Miss You, Glen Campbell And Julian Raymond, songwriters (Glen Campbell) Best Country Duo/Group Performance: Gentle on My Mind, The Band Perry Best Country Solo Performance: Something in the Water, Carrie Underwood Best Music Film: 20 Feet From Stardom, Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer And Judith Hill Best Music Video: Happy, Pharrell Williams Best Song Written for Visual Media: Let It Go, Kristen Anderson-Lopez And Robert Lopez, songwriters (Idina Menzel) Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media: Grand Budapest Hotel, Alexandre Desplat, composer Best compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: Frozen, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Tom MacDougall And Chris Montan, compilation producers Best Musical Theater Album: Beautiful: the Carole King Musical, Jessie Mueller, principal soloist; Jason Howland, Steve Sidwell And Billy Jay Stein, producers (Carole King, composer/lyricist) Best Latin Jazz Album: Arturo O'Farrill And The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, The Offense of the Drum Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, Life in the Bubble Best Jazz Instrumental: Trilogy, Chick Corea Trio Best Jazz Vocal Album: Dianne Reeves, Beautiful Life Best Improvised Jazz Solo: Fingerprints, Chick Corea Best Dance/Electronic Album: Syro, Aphex Twin Best Dance Recording: Rather Be, Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne Best Tropical Latin Album: Carlos Vives, Mas And Corazon Profundo Best Regional Mexican Music Album: Vicente Fernandez, Mano a Mano Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative: Calle 13, Multiviral Best Latin Pop Album: Ruben Blades, Tangos Best Roots Gospel Album: Mike Farris, Shine For All the People Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: For King and Country, Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong Best Gospel Album: Erica Campbell, Help Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song: Messengers, Lecrae featuring For King and Country Best Gospel Performance/Song: No Greater Love, Smokie Norful And Aaron W. Lindsey, songwriters (Smokie Norful) Best Contemporary Classical Composition: John Luther Adams, Adams, John Luther: Become Ocean (Ludovic Morlot And Seattle Symphony) Best Classical Compendium: Partch, Partch: Plectra And Percussion Dances Best Classical Solo Vocal Album Anne Sofie Von Otter, Douce France (Carl Bagge, Margareta Bengston, Mats Bergstrom, Per Ekdahl, Bengan Janson, Olle Linder And Antoine Tamestit) Best Classical Instrumental Solo: Jason Vieaux, Play Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: Hilary Hahn And Cory Smythe, In 27 Pieces - The Hilary Hahn Encores Best Choral Performance: Craig Hella Johnson, The Sacred Spirit of Russia (Conspirare) Best Opera Recording: Charpentier: La Descente D'Orphee Aux Enfers Best Orchestral Performance: John Adams (City Noir) Producer of the Year, Classical: Judith Sherman Best Surround Sound Album: Beyonce, Beyonce Best Remixed Recording Non-Classical: All of Me (Tiestos Birthday Treatment Remix, Tijs Michiel Verwest, remixer (John Legend) Best Engineered Album Non-Classical: Beck, Morning Phase Best Historical Album: Hank Williams, The Garden Spot Programs, 1950 Best Album Notes: John Coltrane, Offering: Live at Temple University Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package: Jack White, Susan Archie And Dean Blackwood, The Rise And Fall of Paramount Records, Vol. One (1917-27) Best Recording Package: Pearl Jam, Lighting Bolt Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) : New York Tendaberry, Billy Childs feat. Renee Fleming And Yo-Yo Ma Best Arrangement, Instrumental or a Capella: Daft Punk, Pentatonix Best Instrumental Composition: The Book Thief, John Williams Best Children's Album: I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World Best World Music Album: Angelique Kidjo, Eve Best Reggae Album: Ziggy Marley, Fly Rasta Best Regional Music Album: Jo-El Sonnier, The Legacy Best New Age Album: Ricky Kej And Wouter Kellerman, Winds of Samsara